MY FATHER INTRODUCED THE FIRST DECOMPRESSION TABLE TO ST ALBERT IN 1994. WITH TIME IT BECAME THE MOST IN DEMAND CARE, AS A GENTLE STRETCH OF THE RIGHT SOFT TISSUE CAN MAKE MASSIVE CHANGES. WHEN I JOINED THE ST ALBERT CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC WE SOON REPLACED EVERY TREATMENT TABLE WITH A DECOMPRESSION TABLE.
ALSO KNOWN AS FLEXION DISTRACTION, SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS AN INGENIOUS PROCESS DESIGNED TO OPEN THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. THE NEURAL NETWORKS ARE OPENED WITH AN INVIGORATING SERIES OF SOFT TISSUE LENGTHENING MOVEMENTS. THESE MOVEMENTS ARE PROVIDED THROUGH A TABLE WHOSE FUNCTION IS BASED ON A HIGHER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR BASIC MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOLOGY.
First developed by a Chiropractor blending chiropractic and osteopathic knowledge, the flexion distraction table takes advantage of the little known knowledge that our muscles find a state of high relaxation when first flexed and then stretched. Using this knowledge, tables were developed by Dr. James Cox to allow the practitioner to stretch each and every primary muscle group within the spine with little to no resistance from the patients stiff and tight musculature.
These tables were evolved by a contemporary of Dr. Cox, a Dr. Leander Eckard, who described his table and technique as the continuing passive motion technique. The simple beauty of these tables is they allow the practitioner the opportunity to provide a full restoration of symmetry with slow, long stretching protocols.
The simplest translation of this is the effective restoration of proper tone to muscles and fuller function of associated neural networks can be done with invigorating lengthening protocols. These protocols ‘feel good’, providing real measurable change, both in range of motion and strength, as well as in terms of relief felt by the patient.
I am so proud to be a provider of this passive method of care. The relief and the long lasting changed we provide through mastering these protocols is what fuels our clinic’s reputation as a safe place to receive relieving work that provides lasting relief.
ANOTHER OF THE LATEST IN EVOLUTIONS OF CHIROPRACTIC TECHNIQUES, MYOFACIAL RELEASE IS THE DEEP RELEASE OF MUSCULAR TENSION AND SCAR TISSUES.
While myofacial release can be done gently, it is still a deep tissue release. Scar tissues and segmental dysfunctions that block nerve flow and cramp muscles can be reduced. Pain relief and strength restoration follow quickly.
Like flexion distraction (spinal decompression) myofacial release is a soft tissue release, opening neurological flow and freeing muscles from the scar tissues that hamper them. Blended with the massage offers and other more traditional techniques, you can find a real extension of the youthful energy we all seek in our lives.
TRADITIONAL CHIROPRACTIC IS THE POWERFUL ART OF OPENING FIXATED JOINTS WITHIN THE SPINE COMBINED WITH GENTLE APPLICATION OF PRESSURE ON THE POINTS OF LOCKED MOVEMENT.
Some of my newer patients have some misunderstandings about what traditional chiropractic is. However, because of its powerful relieving and healing qualities, it is often a highly recommended protocol in my clinic. In fact, once you discover the powerful relief and renewed strength you recur or from a gentle and professional chiropractic adjustment, I am certain you will make it a cornerstone of your health care approach.
Once my patients realize the approach I take to adjusting, two things happen: first, they cannot believe how simple, painless, and relieving the adjustment is. Second, they go through the next several days or weeks in far less pain, discovering that the chiropractic adjustment is exactly what they need for greater energy and flexibility in every area of their lives.
Primarily, my style of adjustment is gentle. New patients often comment that I use zero force. My focus is to hold your spine in a pose that you would consider to be a gentle and natural stretch. Then, with seemingly zero force, I direct your pose to an angle at which the fixated joint may be relieved. Joints which you would never be able to open and relieve on your own are opened with little to zero pressure. I use appropriate poses and light pressures to open your spine.
I can’t say it enough. The relief from traditional chiropractic is often the greatest relief a patient can find. Often a traditional chiropractic adjustment changes lives.
WITH A BLEND OF TRIGGER POINT TECHNIQUES, MUSCULAR RELEASE, TRADITIONAL CHIROPRACTIC, AND MY POWERFUL STRETCHING TABLE, I FIND BACK PAIN CAN BE EASILY RELIEVED. EVEN CHRONIC CONDITIONS WITH LITTLE RELIEF ELSEWHERE CAN RESPOND VERY WELL TO A BLEND OF POWERFUL TECHNIQUES.
More complex issues such as bulging discs and arthritic or degenerative conditions respond well to a restoration of strength and mobility to the supporting soft tissue. It is really ground breaking how many conditions are alleviated when the supporting soft tissue is restored to its full health.
Most patients are pretty impressed with myofacial release and the other techniques we use to reopen compressed nerves and restore sync among your soft tissues. Not just with how much they learn about their physique, but also with how much relief and strength we regain for them, sometimes in just one session.
NECK & SHOULDER PAIN
DIAGNOSING AND TREATING NECK AND SHOULDER CONDITIONS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX AREAS OF CARE. WHILE THE TWO ARE SEPARATE AREAS, THEY ARE FUNCTIONALLY INTER-RELIANT. THIS MEANS WE OFTEN HAVE TO WORK IN BOTH AREAS TO PRODUCE RESULTS.
As an example, a ‘frozen shoulder’ is often a combination of muscular strain and compression on the nerve roots entering and operating the muscles of the shoulder girdle. Opening the neurological pathways can be a complex project as they can be trapped within any of the soft tissue between the neck and the shoulder. This is where muscular release techniques such as myocardial release and active release come in handy.
Restoring function to a torn or strained muscle is exceptionally difficult. However, once the appropriate inner action is restored, a strengthening process can begin, and full strength and mobility can be returned to the affected joints. With a basic introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the area, appropriate care, and some dedication to home care, you may find a complete and lasting resolution.
CHRONIC HEADACHES ARE A SERIOUS PROBLEM. THE MEDICATIONS REQUIRED TO CONTROL HEADACHES CAN BE HIGHLY COMPLEX, OR SIMPLY MORE MEDICINE THAN YOU ARE COMFORTABLE TAKING.
My take on headaches is they are usually a sign of an underlying musculoskeletal dysfunction. If we can get to the dysfunction, define and reduce it, then we accomplish two things: one, we reduce your pain and give you a new life. Two, we remove a dysfunction that was harming your musculoskeletal function or even compressing one of your precious neural networks. In either case, restoring your internal workings to full flow is absolutely a step in the right direction, rather than allowing them to be compromised and hiding the symptoms with medication.
It is a point of pride for my practice that I have developed specific clinic protocols that work very well in relieving headaches in my patients. Protocols that are gentle, invigorating, and relieving. Protocols which, when blended with your required home care, may keep headaches at bay for months or even years.
With some thorough work, we may have your headaches relieved naturally.
I HAVE BEEN BUILDING CUSTOM ORTHOTICS FOR TWENTY YEARS. SOME PEOPLE NEED CUSTOM ORTHOTICS. IT’S JUST IN THE MAKEUP OF THEIR FEET OR GAIT.
It’s often obvious on the first meeting: completely flat foot or a severe supination of the feet. When we are younger, stronger musculature can sometimes hide the effects. As we age, and especially if we stand on our feet all day, there is a good minority of us who get chronic pain due to the way our feet work. For some of us, there is simply no lasting relief until we address our foot mechanics using custom orthotics.
My clinic offers orthotics for $400 or less, depending on the complexity of the build. This is a professional orthotic, built to the specifications required for reimbursement from all major insurance carriers and we are very proud of our product.
Our construction method involves an exhaustive assessment of resting and gait positioning of feet and ankle, including an accupin assessment system, multiple computerized analyses of your gait and resting foot patterns, and a professional assessment and exam by me, to determine what effects your foot mobility and gait are having in your feet, knees, lower back, and hips.
Our orthotics assessment system is discussed in length on the website link below. If you have foot pain, knee pain. Or hip pain, or of you find you become very sore from standing on your feet all day, come have a consult with us.